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sharding 08-02-2008 12:26 PM

Basic wood cutting question
I apologize for how basic this probably is, but I don't do much of this type of work...

I have a 16" piece of 2x4. I need to cut about 1/4" off of the wide side (so I really need a 1.25 x 3.5 x 16 piece of wood). What is the best way to do that? The guys at the hardware stores said they can't do it (at least not with any precision). I'd prefer a solution that doesn't require really expensive (or hard to store) tools, since this isn't something I'm going to do regularly, but I'm willing to buy a new tool if necessary (especially if it's relatively versatile).


buletbob 08-02-2008 01:22 PM

I don't know what tools you have on hand but here are a few ways to cut 1/4" off the thickness. 1# jack plane 2# thickness planer 3# table saw 4# band saw. best bet go to your locale lumber yard or mill work company and ask them to saw it. BOB

Termite 08-02-2008 02:31 PM

A table saw would be the most precise way for you to do this. Know anyone that has one???

Yoyizit 08-02-2008 02:35 PM

If you have a circ. saw and a square you can use several pieces of wood as a saw guide and clamp it to the workpiece. You'll spend more time setting up than making the cut.

I'd think with care you can expect a tolerance of +/- 1/16" on your dims.

Big Bob 08-02-2008 04:56 PM

Not sure what your finished block is to do, but

consider half inch stock or plywood attached to a 1x4 cut to length.

I would just use what I had set up to make this. ( skilsaw or table saw)

I've made alot of saw dust.

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